A boater's gear shed is an almost sacred place where guides spend hours reminiscing on past trips and sharing knowledge with other boaters. Building on this corner stone of boating tradition we have filled our gear shed with years of stories and packed it with knowledge to help elevate your boating to the next level.
Watershed Dry Bags - One of our most valuable and versatile pieces of equipment is our Watershed Dry Bag. This amazing dry bag system is truly the best on the market. Other bags will leak and get damp more often than we care to admit. If you are in the market for a new dry bag check them out.
Expedition Grab Straps - Show of hands, how many people love falling out in big rapids?Yeah no one raised their hand, why... because they're too busy grabbing one of our expedition grab straps. Someone told us that was lame, but not as lame as swimming a huge rapid because you didn't have a strap to grab. Bam! Double handles for double cheesiness. Check them out...
A throwbag simply consists of a bag of floating rope to be thrown across a stretch of moving or still water to make a conditional rescue with a swimmer. Like most things in life a product that works for one person may not work for another. The same can be said about throwbags. In an extreme way of thinking the ability to successfully deploy your throwbag when needed literally could mean life or death!
Picking the right raft is, like many things, complicated. Your choice will depend on the type of boating you're doing, your budget, and even your geographic location. The first thing you want to consider is your raft material.
The Commodore reviews the 5.10 River Tennie. We put this shoe to the test during a cold November day on the North Fork of the American.
The giving season is upon us and your favorite raft guide is already dreaming of longer days and whitewater. Here’s a list of some great gifts to get them ready for the many river miles ahead of them.
Winter boating is without a doubt an incredible experience. Biting cold, freezing sleet, frozen over eddies, blinding windy rain, or thick fog obscuring what lies downriver are all serious hazards for winter paddlers. The drysuit is critical to thriving in this environment, but how do you get the most out of this essential piece of equipment?
In this article we take on the issue of creek boats and share with you some thoughts about some of the options on the market. Specifically we will be comparing the Hyside Mini-Max, a Sotar Daniel Jenkins Custom Boat, and an ARK Inflatables 10' Raft.
Selecting the correct gear for the correct paddling conditions is essential to staying warm and happy in the shoulder seasons. Take time to look over your current equipment and figure out where you are in terms of your gear and consider replacing your suit so you can enjoy some happier and toastier days on the water.
Working as a guide & safety kayaker over the years I have been involved in lots of rescues of swimmers both from rafts & kayaks. The amount of times I have said to my self I cannot see them mainly because of the color of their helmet.
Flip line, Carabineers, pulley, snacks, throw bag, a spice rack, the kitchen sink… boaters often end up being covered in gear. How does a boater get at their gear safely and still keep a everything easily at hand? Enter….THE UTILITY BELT.
Rafting Magazine's Gear Shed Series takes a look inside the gear and breaks down the equipment commonly used by rafters in the field. Our expedition team discusses and analyzes some of the theories of the equipment we have all come to trust on the river. In this episode we take a look at the throwbag and what you should consider before you head out on the water with one.